Billie Eilish has partnered with Fender to design and launch her own signature ukulele. Described as “a bold take on the four-string classic”, the new instrument has a built-in pre-amp and its body is adorned with Eilish’s signature “blohsh” symbol.
The ukulele was the first instrument Eilish picked up at six years old, on which she learned to play her first song — The Beatles‘ “I Will”. She’s since used the ukulele on her own songs, such as “Party Favor” and “8”.
Speaking about her sustained love of the ukulele, Eilish said: “I think the ukulele brings a different feeling to every single song, and it inspires a different kind of writing. Different instruments always make me write differently.”
Asked for her ukulele-playing advice, Eilish said: “The rules of ukulele are: If you know three chords, you can play any song. Ever.”
Described as “a stage-ready instrument”, Michael Schulz, Fender’s Head of Signature Artists, added of the ‘Billie Eilish Uke’: “The great thing about this ukulele is that the one you see Billie playing onstage in front of 30,000 people is the exact same one you can buy in the store for under $300″.
You can find out more about the ‘Billie Eilish Uke’, which is retailing for £239 at Fender’s official website.
Eilish and Fender have also made a donation to the Aloha Mele Fund, a newly-established fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, in recognition of the history of the ukulele in Hawaii. The funding will be distributed to non-profit organisations that are working to support coronavirus relief efforts for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii.
Last week, Eilish was among the artists to submit a logo design for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in LA. Those commissioned were asked to redesign the ‘A’ from the event’s official logo, with Eilish’s taking the shape of a slanted, lime-green design.
In a video commissioned by LA28, Eilish expanded on her design. She said, “The font is the font that I use for my logo, and who knows if that’s gonna be relevant in my life in eight years?”